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Where will I go?

Where will I go?

I have been with DU since the stolen election of 2004. I will probably leave with the stolen primary of 2016.

The purged voters, the changed party affiliations, the electronic machines, Bill's electioneering at the polls, the closed polling places, the DNC with an agenda, the computer firewall, the biased media, the exit polls that are "off" time and time again - always in Hillary's favor...yet, so few Hillary supporters show any concern or sympathy or compassion for these "anomalies". I do not fault Hillary for these things. She has a campaign to run, but SOMEBODY is rigging this election, and we all know it.

As "THE DATE" of the big DU change keeps getting thrown into our faces, and super delegates are counted with pledged before they've voted (even here at DU), and the media arrogantly claims they will call Hillary the winner by 5:00pm on Tuesday, I am compelled to ask -- where will I go?

Recently, I have posted information on why I DON'T want Hillary, why I think the democratic party should not support Hillary, but I have never personally attacked a Hillary supporter nor mocked them. During this entire process, I have not once put anyone on ignore, because I do not want to live in a vacuum - people disagree, sometimes vehemently. Nevertheless, I have been shocked by the kind of attacks I have received from the other side. The level of anger, the amount of mockery, combined with the constant spiking of the ball during blatant election "shenanigans" -- it has been all too much for me.

I do not know if I can vote for Hillary in the general election anymore. Not because of DU - although the most ardent Hillary supporters here are actually hurting her chances more than they are helping - but because of myriad reasons that I need not repeat in this post; we all know them. Unfortunately, here at DU, when I say I cannot vote for Hillary, I am accused of supporting Trump. I am told that I cannot allow a Trump presidency to occur, therefore I must vote for Hillary. In what world does one deduce from my non-vote (or my possible write-in of Bernie) that I am supporting Trump? If I cannot bring myself to vote for her in good conscience, then that is not MY fault if she loses. It is the establishment that has created a situation where that can happen. THEY have promoted a flawed candidate, for I, alone, am simply not that important. If she loses, then the masses feel as I do, and we all collectively cannot bring ourselves to support Hillary. The masses can never be blamed for the outcome, for in a democracy, they matter most. When a group in power ignores those masses, it could be to their peril, as history has shown us many times.

Traditionally in an election, independent voters are the ones a candidate wants in order to win. Somehow, in this democratic primary, they are toxic, they are the problem, they should not be allowed to play ball with the democrats during their game. Everyone knows, it is the independents who decide elections in this country, yet I am watching as the democrats are telling them all to basically fuck off. That doesn't bode well for the democrats. Not at all.

I do not know if I will stay at DU, and I feel very sad about this revelation. This has been my favorite place to visit on the internet every day since 2004. I tried to stick with Dailykos after kos made his change. I tried to see the sensibility of it. Instead, what I saw was a purging of great posters and an ever-increasing vapid echo chamber. At the point kos began posting disgusting false diaries about Bernie being racist and supporting violence, I could no longer participate. I am not alone. It's not unusual to see a post with 90 recommends near the top of the recommended list. I remember when that number would be near a thousand. Will DU also descend into such a sad shell of its former self?

Where will I go?

I have things to do in my own life. Goals to achieve. I hope I will immerse myself in these quests of self-actualization. Maybe over time I will find my way back to DU. I do not know.

As for alternative websites, jackpineradicals is growing, but it, too, is another echo-chamber. Of course, it is an echo chamber for my guy, but I never wanted an echo chamber. I wanted fair.

I guess that's the bottom line of this meandering post. I have been searching for fairness and wisdom. It's in short order these days.

Where will I go?

USA TODAY: Secretary without honor

Secretary without honor
Phillip Jennings 6:46 p.m. EDT June 5, 2016
When I hear people say Clinton emails don't matter, I remember a young Marine captain who owned up to his career-ruining mistake.

Apologists for Hillary Clinton’s alleged criminal mishandling of classified documents say that it doesn’t matter, that she really did nothing wrong, or nothing significant. But the real question is not so much what she did as how she has responded to being found out.

Once during the mid-1960s when I was on active duty in the Marine Corps, I was the air liaison officer for a battalion of Marines aboard 11 ships in the Mediterranean. As the air officer and a senior captain, I had a rotating responsibility for the nuclear code book, kept in the safe in the operations room of the lead amphibious squadron command ship. I shared that duty with another captain, a squared away young man, liked by all he commanded and the son of a very high-ranking Marine.

On the day our ships were leaving the Mediterranean, we met the new amphibious squadron near Gibraltar and made preparations to transfer security codes and other sensitive material to the incoming Marine battalion. The young captain was on duty and went to the operations office to pick up the code book. He was alone in the office. He removed the code book and placed it on the desk while closing the safe. In a rushed moment, he stepped across the passageway to retrieve something he needed from his quarters. Seconds later, he stepped back into the operations office and found the operations sergeant having just entered, looking down at the code book.

Against all regulations, the code book had been out of the safe and unattended. It mattered not that it was unattended for only seconds, that the ship was 5 miles at sea, or that it was certain no one unauthorized had seen the code. The captain could have explained this to the operations sergeant. He could have told the sergeant that he “would take care of it.” He could have hinted that his high-ranking dad could smooth it over.

But the Marine Corps’ values are honor, courage and commitment. Honor is the bedrock of our character. The young captain could not ask the sergeant to betray his duty to report the infraction, no matter how small. Instead, the captain simply said, “Let’s go see the colonel...”

SNIP (Please read the article to find out what happened to the young officer. I must edit it for fair use.)

...Clinton is the antithesis of that young captain, someone with no honor, little courage and commitment only to her endless ambition. This has nothing to do with gender, party affiliation, ideology or policy. It is a question of character — not just hers, but ours. Electing Clinton would mean abandoning holding people accountable for grievous errors of integrity and responsibility. What we already know about her security infractions should disqualify her for any government position that deals in information critical to mission success, domestic or foreign. But beyond that, her responses to being found out — dismissing its importance, claiming ignorance, blaming others — indict her beyond anything the investigation can reveal. Those elements reveal her character. And the saddest thing is that so many in America seem not to care.


Jon Stewart said Hillary has no convictions...

Maybe the FBI will give her one.

ON EDIT: This is floating around on twitter. I took the quotes out. Not sure it's a real JS quote, but still funny.

I just need to understand something -- here is PROOF that Clinton knowingly sent classified material

on an open server. It is a major crime to "remove the identiying heading and send nonsecure." And Hillary backers are okay with this? The republicans are already planning an impeachment if she should even get elected (which I don't think she can with all of this trickling out like it is. Or if the indictment comes before Nov.)

From: Hillary Clinton
To: Jake Sullivan
Date: 2011-06-15 20:21

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05787519 Date: 01/07/2016


From: H <hrod17@clintonemail.com>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:21 AM
To: 'sullivanjj@ state.gov'

Subject: Re B5

If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.

From: Sullivan, Jacob J
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:17 AM
To: H
Subject: Re: B5

They say they've had issues sending secure fax. They're working on it.

From: Sullivan, Jacob J
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:00 AM
To: 'HDR22@clintonemail.com' <HDR22@clintonemail.com>

Subject: Re: B5

?!!! Checking

From: H
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 07:52 AM

To: Sullivan, Jacob J
Subject: Re: B5

I didn't get the TPs yet.

From: Sullivan, Jacob 3
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 05:51 PM

To: H
Subject: Fw: B5

You'll get tps this eve. They're coming together.

From: Spence, Matthew J. Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 04L PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob 3
Subject: B5

Poll: Clinton, Sanders in a dead heat in CA (with cartoon)

May 26, 2016, 08:40 am
Poll: Clinton, Sanders in a dead heat in Calif.
By Mark Hensch

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual dead heat in California, a new poll shows.

Clinton has 46 percent support to Sanders's 44 percent, according to The Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday.

When the poll results are filtered down to just registered Democrats, Clinton leads Sanders, 49 percent to 41 percent.

California's June 7 contest is an open primary, meaning voters who are not registered Democrats may participate. The state offers 475 pledged delegates — the largest total of any state.

There is little gender gap in the poll totals. Sanders had 46 percent of men, with Clinton garnering 42 percent. Among women, Clinton led with 49 percent support to Sanders's 42 percent...



Again, it is a question of her ELECTABILITY

I do not condone the witch hunt with Judicial Watch, and quite frankly, I do not understand how they are allowed to depose anyone. In other words, I DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THIS!!! However, the Judicial Watch witch hunt is a reality and they will be releasing this sort of crap throughout the primary. To stick our heads in the sand and act like it isn't going to have an effect is so incredibly naive.

Clinton aid tries to block release of deposition tape in email case

By Julian Hattem - 05/25/16 06:45 PM EDT

Lawyers for a former top aide to Hillary Clinton filed a motion on Wednesday asking a federal court to bar a conservative watchdog group from releasing a videotape of her upcoming deposition as part of a lawsuit related to Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State.

The aide, Cheryl Mills, “supports the release of the written transcript of her deposition to the public,” her lawyers wrote in a filing on Wednesday. “But no additional public interest would be served by the publication of the audiovisual recording.”

The lawyers said they "are concerned that snippets or soundbites of the deposition may be publicized in a way that exploits Ms. Mills’ image and voice in an unfair and misleading manner...”


...Earlier this month, lawyers for the organization began conducting those depositions.

Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff, is scheduled to be deposed on Friday in a session that could last as long as seven hours.

Lawyers for Mills said in their Wednesday filing that Judicial Watch had “refused” to agree not to publicize any portion of the video from the deposition...



HEADS UP!! Big Networks CANCEL Exit Polls in all the remaining states.

I guess that includes CA.

Gee, I wonder why they would do a thing like that.


does anyone know the exit polls on KY and OR? n/t

Warning: "Bernie Glowstick Instructions" meme is trying to get people hospitalized or killed.

ON EDIT: This is pretty serious stuff. I feel confident that DU can put aside all the Bernie-Hillary squabbling and rally together to spread the word about this dangerous meme. Thanks!

Warning: "Bernie Glowstick Instructions" meme is trying to get people hospitalized or killed.
By OllieGarkey
Tuesday May 10, 2016 · 8:09 PM EST

These are not instructions for glowsticks, they're instructions for making a chlorine bomb.

A meme shared on Tumblr and Reddit instructs people to mix household chemicals together in order to make a glowstick.

Except the instructions are lifted from a how-to guide for making a chlorine bomb out of common chemicals. This device overpressurizes its container and explodes. The explosion releases deadly chlorine gas which when inhaled, interacts with the water in mucus membranes to transform into hydrochloric acid. It causes chemical burns in the throat, eyes, and lungs. It has been used as a chemical weapon for just over 100 years, and was first introduced by the German Empire at the second battle of Ypres in 1915, and most recently used by terrorists in Iraq and Syria who were targeting civilians with makeshift devices such as the one described in this meme.

I’ve removed the actual instructions for the device because some people are stupid and might try to see what would happen if they made one of these.

Please make sure that if you see someone sharing this meme, you explain that it’s a trap.

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